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    Fair winds and calm waters, COLIN.
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    Medically retired prototype engineer, although my brain still functions, my body tries to stop my modelling I persevere.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Useful Battery ???
    11 hours ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Boatshed, as I'm not a speed freak, most of my boats run on 12v 7ah sla's, some have 2 of these giving me a good day out on the water. As LiFePO4 Battery is almost half the weight of sla's and the lifespan is greater the extra cost is well worth it for me.
    Cheers Colin.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Calling it a day.
    15 hours ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Bill, words fail to convey how I feel about losing yet another friend. God I hope that the doctors are wrong and I wish you all the best.
    Your modelling skills are still with us all and you are in our hearts.
    Good luck shipmate, cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Useful Battery ???
    1 day ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Doug, yes I am still getting over the loss of our son, Caroline is very ill again, she had major surgery 3 days before our boy died and it has not been easy for her.
    We are doing daily school runs of 72 miles round trip twice daily.
    But hopefully school transport is going to be arranged in a couple of weeks. Our daughter in law who is disabled and unable to drive relies on us at present, the kids are going through a bad time, but they are getting help through their school. Granddaughter is only 5 and very forthright and has told all the class how she found her dad.
    She gets very angry and has a few issues but is starting to calm down now.
    9 year old grandson is very quiet and subdued but understands it much more as they have lost a grandad 2 years ago and grandmother last year.
    I spend as much time as I can with them, keeping them busy and doing anything they want to do.
    Well that's all for tonight, 6am start tomorrow. Goodnight all, stay safe, cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Useful Battery ???
    2 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Len, not had time for chats just lately, hopefully I'll be more active on here soon.
    Didn't count the batteries as I checked the voltage , but I have charged 6 of them, and they are all showing 9.8v I will be doing a discharge test at the weekend to see how they go.
    As for dumping them, I have nicads from the 1990's which still work as they should in my family's model cars and trucks.
    I usually charge dying cells using pulse charging in an old camping refrigerator keeping the temp below 5 degrees Celsius.
    If they lose 10% or more of their useful life then they get scrapped.
    Don't like lipo's and don't own any, so won't be changing this late in my life.
    Now my favourite is the LiFePO4 batteries that I am replacing my sla batteries with. They are really reliable and safer as well.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Modello RC scala 1/60, di piroscafo armato a goletta, liberamente ispirato alle cannoniere classe US
    2 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Alessandro such beautiful work.
    Astonishing workmanship and obviously a man with infinite patience, I'm really happy to read through this build.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Useful Battery ???
    2 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi all, I have just acquired 40 of these batteries, old stock from a bankruptcy clearance. Although rated at 9.6v the voltage reads between 8.1v and 8.4v.
    Haven't got a clue what they were meant for but thought they would be useful.
    Please sea pictures for details. Biro is for scale as couldn't find my ruler. Also if anyone is interested I'm open to offers.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Death of a member.
    29 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Dear modelling world, I am sad to say my son was killed this morning in a freak accident while helping someone repair their vehicle.
    Although he wasn't an active member (TENBURY MIKE) he would often read through your posts and loved helping me and his son with our models.
    So I may go quiet on here for a few days as my life is in turmoil at present, my wife has just had major surgery which has left her in a wheelchair for at least 8 weeks, now this so I am looking after her and now my grandchildren and daughter in law.
    Regards Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Now I'm going crazy.
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Ronald your not wrong, I took a 36 wheel mobile crane down the N86 back in 1976 for some major building job. A lot of the bends were so tight I had to shunt or go off the road to get round. But great people and made to feel very welcome.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Now I'm going crazy.
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Wolle, I can't wait to hear the next instalment. Love mystery and intrigue stories.
    Definitely would buy when finished.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ OAP Newbie.
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Those were my thoughts Doug.
    It looks like a NorStar version like mine where you can access everything.
    Waiting patiently to see more details.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MANY HAPPY RETURNS :-)
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks for your wishes, and cheers shipmates.
    Birthdays come and go, don't worry if you forget how old you are someone will remind you. Car insurance just jumped to double and they want me to cut down the mileage. So bu***r them life is for enjoying with friends and family wherever they may be.
    I am hoping to buy a touring caravan as I think it's time to give up camping.
    Cheers Colin.

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    ๐Ÿ“ HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MANY HAPPY RETURNS :-)
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Happy birthday young shipmate, have a dram or two, cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Servos going crazy
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Andy that's a very tidy setup which looks quite accessible.
    And your Varnish deck is fantastic, how many coats to achieve that beautiful finish.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Sloop Emma
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Girl power all the way shipmate. Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I always use epoxy 2 pack for my restoration work, but waterproof wood glue on new builds.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Convention for displaying a model Boat
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Just for those keeping tabs on my discussion with Chris, check out the glory days of Fairey Marine.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Convention for displaying a model Boat
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Well Chris I think that we both understand.
    I have been lucky enough to sail in both with my family back in the late sixty's. Dad was a marine tester for Avon and Metzler RIB's and we often had fairey's to use live aboard for a week or two, Especially for Cows weeks or the boat shows.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Convention for displaying a model Boat
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Oh dear, Chris I have both the Huntsman 31 and the Swordsman 33, both 1/12th scale, they are almost identical except for the length.
    When I get them ready for my next show I will put them side by side and post a picture on here.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Convention for displaying a model Boat
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Here in the UK people tend to walk round the marquees in a clockwise direction so the majority of my displays face bow facing to the left.
    But when I display outdoors I try alternating them with opposing directions.
    But to make the display interesting I also alternate between sail and power.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Convention for displaying a model Boat
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    When I go to my shows I try to display to give the best view to the passing audience, but space is of prime importance.
    Good information labels help and always be available to answer questions about your models.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Lipo battery life
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Alessandro, I thought someone would know. I have managed to revive ancient sla, nicads and nimh. But have no experience of lipo's at all.
    I have just been given 2 very good quality camera drones for spares or repairing.
    1 had a broken wire, and the other has been left in an attic for 3 years but it works fine, I tested it with the battery from the 1st one.
    So looks like I will have to buy some replacement batteries for that one.
    This is a totally new venture for me, drones are good for photography and hopefully I will be able to get video footage when sailing boats. First I need to learn to fly them, I used to fly rc planes and helicopters, but drones seem a lot easier to control, with auto hover and pre-programable flight patterns with auto return to take off position.
    I feel like a kid again, my only problem is I can't fly in my home garden as we live in a restricted air fly zone. I was testing in my garden when we were visited by the police to tell me not to fly.
    So going to a friends farm at weekend to see how well they do.
    Cheers Colin.
    P.S. they are DJI phantom 3's.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Lipo battery life
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Can anyone tell me if it is possible to recharge lipo batteries that had been left for 3 years and are totally dead.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ No emails
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Stephen, got 2 today.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ No emails
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Same here guys, no email notifications.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Rigging
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    That's super modelling shipmate, you have a good eye for a realistic way to overcome a poorly made method of attachment.
    I commend your beautiful work and outstanding quality of finish.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Vivacity Cabin Cruiser Roxanne no 3
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Been there and done exactly the same launching my Caroline. Full audience as it was club open day, both times.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Boat colors
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    That looks to be right you could put a matt or semi matt lacquer over it to give a tough surface.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Boat colors
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Original colour red lead oxide.
    Look for auto/car rattle can primer I believe Halfords has a can to suit.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ LEDs
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    We all make mistakes, that's how we learn.
    The man who never made a mistake never made anything.
    Cheers Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Mystery boat
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    That's a lot of ballast you will need to add, and also lose valuable run time.
    Cheers Colin.



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